blog Long-term readers may recall that local Microsoft Office 365 Loryan Strant — co-founder of cloud-focused company Paradyne — has been a regular writer on the interaction between the various Apple and Microsoft ecosystems. At various points Strant — who personally prefers the Microsoft ecosystem — has delved into the Apple world in order to further educate himself, using MacBooks, iPhones and their ilk.
Your writer has enjoyed following Strant’s articles. And we quite enjoyed the insights from his latest. Strant’s latest iPhone model unfortunately died, and although he received good customer service from Apple over the issue, he eventually decided to switch back to a Microsoft Lumia device. He writes (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“As I’ve written before: I do strongly believe that Windows 10 Mobile is a superior choice for a business-grade phone that can be used for personal use as well, as opposed to iOS and Android that are built for consumers and simply run and operate business apps.
In any case this has been my personal and somewhat short journey away from and back to Windows phone. I feel home now.”
Personally, I like seeing when technologists of any stripe experiment with different platforms. The major consumer platform vendors — Apple, Google, Microsoft and to a certain degree Samsung — are constantly trying to lock us into their ecosystems. They want us to use all of their products and none of the competitions’.
But often there are point solutions which are better at certain things, so it makes sense to diversify.
In just one small example, I recently bought a brand new, high-spec Apple iMac to use as my work and home desktop. I bought an iMac because I prefer to use Apple’s rock-solid and stable Mac OS X operating system, and I personally believe Apple’s single form factor iMac PCs are the best option for my particular situation.
However … there are plenty of games which are not available on Mac OS X, so last night I installed Windows 10 on this machine as well. Some may see that as sullying the purity of my iMac. But I prefer to see it as enhancing its functionality.
It’s for this reason that I always enjoy Strant’s posts. He’s primarily a Microsoft-focused technologist, but he has an open mind. And that can sometimes be a rarity in our idealistic industry.